The UK left the EU on the 31 January 2020 on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement which was agreed by the European Council on 17 October 2019.

A transition period has now commenced which will last at least, until 31 December 2020. During this time EU rules and regulations will continue to apply to the UK.
Until the transition period has ended, there will be no immediate changes for food businesses as the current requirements for buying, selling or transiting food or food contact materials through UK will remain the same.

Future relationship

The EU and the UK will start negotiations on a new future relationship agreement which, if agreed, is due to come into effect from 1 January 2021. The decision of the UK to leave the EU will result in some changes for food businesses, which we will continue to prepare for.

We will keep you updated on how Brexit will affect your food business. Check back regularly, as information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Contact us at

Brexit information resources

Visit Getting Ireland Brexit Ready, the Irish Government’s website to help businesses and citizens prepare for Brexit.
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA)
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Brexit advice for Local Authority supervised businesses  
National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)
European Commission


Last reviewed: 6/5/2020

Approved Food Establishments 


Food Labelling